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I was wondering if anyone could clear up if Francis Benali is an Arab, because his surname is an Arab name Ben Ali (Son of Ali)

Is he of Arab origin?
 

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Sorry no idea.

Try the Official Saints website.
 

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Well I have sent a text to my mate who is a Saints fan about this.

He may know as he knows some pretty obscure stuff :confused: (plus he is a hardcore train spotter! :howler: )
 

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Ahh, Benali ;).


One of the worst Prem players of all time ;). I still remember him from yonks ago in my Premier league sticker book. (93/94 :/). He likes an own goal or two aswell :).
 

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I thought Benali was alright. Southampton had some pretty legandary defenders back then - Ken Moncou (sp?), Jason Dodd, Benali etc...:D
 

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mutu1875 said:
I thought Benali was alright. Southampton had some pretty legandary defenders back then - Ken Moncou (sp?), Jason Dodd, Benali etc...:D
Don't forget Ulrich Van Gobbel ;) :D although he may of been more of a midfielder :confused:
 

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And don't forget the "Senengalese international" Ali Dia too. His signing was one of the most hilarious events in world football, ever. :howler: :howler:
 

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I don't know. I do know, though, that he co-owns a Bangladeshi restaurant.
 

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I don't know. I do know, though, that he co-owns a Bangladeshi restaurant.
Where?
 

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Kuti's Brasserie, in Southampton.
 

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mutu1875 said:
And don't forget the "Senengalese international" Ali Dia too. His signing was one of the most hilarious events in world football, ever. :howler: :howler:
Why? :confused:
 

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I can't remember exactly, but he was supposed to be a good player, but actually,well, he wasn't at all! :D

I think it was all a scam or something? :confused:

Just like when a striker from somewhere in the Americas called Milton Nunez went to Sunderland if anyone remembers that? :D
 

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Stu's right. It was all a scam and Dia was signed after he got his mate to phone up Graeme Souness and pretend to be George Weah and say that Dia was his cousin and a Senegalese international who had scored twice in his last international and that they had played together at PSG. All of which was a complete lie and Dia was just some amatuer footballer, but none-the-less he was signed on trail by Southampton.

His big chance came when Matt Le Tissier was injured after 32 minutes of a match against Everton and Dia came on to replace him. It soon became clear, however, that Dia was not the player that Souness thought he was, or indeed, a player at all! Having chased the ball around for 53 minutes without actually getting involved at all, he was himself substituted and promptly released from the club.

It later transpired that it was not George Weah on the phone but a mate of Dia's! Souness' reaction to this news was 'Well, he sounded like George Weah!' If I remember correct he then disappeared, before appearing for Gateshead breifly, and opening a Bangladeshi restraunt called Kuti's Brasserie, in Southampton. ;)
 

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Almost a bigger fraud than Fabian DeFreitas claiming to be a footballer :)
 

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I thought Benali was a good player, nothing special, Ken Monkou was good, he made his debut for a team in Holland marking Ruud Gullit.

Jason Dodd is a good player also.
 
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